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A wet run to Wrightsville
05/24/2010, Wrightsville

A wet & rainy morning, with a cold NE wind at 25 knots. Fought the current up the Cape Fear River before turning up the sounds to Wrightsville. Decided to take a slip rather than anchoring out in the rain & high winds, & managed to dock, fuel, & pump-out between rain squalls. Parked just below the Wrightsville Beach bridge, & right outside the restaurant - Blue Water Grill. Can almost have them pass the beer to the boat - almost. Spot has been rather laid back since Charleston, but got excited when he found out that we were back in NC waters.

A fun evening with Sarah Underwood after she finished classes at 10:00pm. Oh, another late night. Spot sure knows a good looking women when he sees one.

A very long run tomorrow to Swansboro, so up & away to catch the 7:00am bridge opening.

Into NC, twice, to Southport
05/23/2010, Southport

Sunday May 23:
An early start for the remainder of the "Rock Pile" & up to NC. A great ride with the tide, only to get to the old wooden Sunset Beach swing bridge & be told it was aground, & could not open for 3 hours or more. So back to SC, & out the Little River Inlet for a run offshore to Cape Fear. Sails up, but almost into the wind, so we motor-sailed at a fast pace to try to outrun the thunderstorms - mostly successful, and only got a little rain. A pretty ocean with long swells. And we got 3 fish - 2 Spanish Mackerel (in the freezer) & a Blue (which was thrown back). Skirted the Cape Fear shoals & came up the Cape Fear River Inlet to Southport (between Oak Island & Bald Head Island), where we took a slip in the newly renovated city marina. After a boat wash, self wash, & laundry, we dined at a local shrimp shack, where you paid for your beer at the end of the night based on how many bottle caps you had in your pocket. Great shrimp! The local alligator swam by to see if there were any free-bees, but then went back to the boats in the marina - reminder "do not roll off the boat & into the water tonight".

Waccama River to Myrtle Beach
05/22/2010, Myrtle Beach

An early start for a long run upstream in the Waccama River. Beautiful, facinating, interesting, & lots of photos of Cypress trees & Osprey.

And then into the beginnings of "The Rock Pile", the 'ditch' through Myrtle Beach. We stopped at the Grande Dunes Marina & Resort in North Myrtle Beach for the evening to let the thunderstorms pass.

Alligator alley – to Georgetown
05/22/2010, Georgetown SC

Friday May 21:
A good run up the many creeks that cris-cross the Santee swamp & river, where we saw 13 alligators, several eagles, turkey vultures, & assorted other birds.

A quick run up the top end of Winyah Bay to the Sampit River, & to Georgetown.
Took a slip at Hazzard Marine & walked into town. A very quaint old town, layed back, but fun. A number of restaurants, & a neat waterfront. Met Callie & Scott Underwood for dinner in town. A good time, & great to be with old friends.

McClellanville update
05/20/2010, McClellanville

Nightfall in McClellanville was fascinating. We had 2 Purple Martins (out of dozens) come & sit on the lifelines, while the others helped us reduce the bug population - beautiful. The piling we were moored to had a Bluebird nest in the top (picture & gallery) with mama & papa obviously feeding young in the hole. And a very playful Dolphin kept coming up & playing with a couple in a dingy in the channel.

The other dingy picture is of Neil & Darlene - their dingy ran out of gas beside us & I gave a gallon or so of gas - they were from South Africa - he had solo-circumnavigated twice in a maxi-racer, & now owned a 100% carbon-fiber 55 foot racer which was anchored out in the bay (which they were trying to get to). In exchange for the gas, they ran us up to the shrimp fleet base, & we got 2 pounds of fresh shrimp for $10, & had surf & turf (with the bone-in-ribeyes) for dinner - fantastic, thanks to chef Chris. This is South Carolina as it used to be - great!

Up the marsh to McClellanville
05/20/2010, McClellanville

A cooler & windy day, but no complaints. A run across Charleston harbor with some remnants of fog, then up through the Isle of Palms, through the Seven Reaches (mostly marsh), across Dewees Creek, along Bull Sound (also mostly marsh), a left turn into Jeremy Creek to the old (1770's) fishing village of McClellanville.

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